Balotelli could return to Inter – Zanetti

The forward came through the youth ranks at San Siro before leaving the club in 2010 following a series of controversial incidents

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti has opened the door to Mario Balotelli returning to the club after admitting “anything can happen” in football.

The forward began his career at San Siro and won Serie A three times, the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana during his time with the Nerazzurri.

However, he left for Manchester City in 2010 after a sour end to his time at the club, which saw him throw his shirt to the ground after the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in 2010.

But, Zanetti says Balotelli could yet pen another chapter with Inter if coach Roberto Mancini – who coaxed flashes of brilliance out of the forward in his first spell and at City – wants to sign him.

“In football anything can happen,” he told the Corriere Dello Sport. “If Mancini asks us then certainly it could happen. I’m convinced that if he had stayed at Inter he would have matured further.”

Zanetti, whose iconic No.4 shirt was officially retired by the club earlier this week, also confirmed Palermo star Paulo Dybala was top of their list of transfer targets this summer.

“I got to know him at a charity match for my foundation, he is a player that belongs at the top level and I can assure you that an attempt will be made ​​to buy him.

“With [Mauro] Icardi, they would form one of the best partnerships in Serie A. We are trying to make something happen, but we prefer to work in silence.”